Who are we?
Swipe Out Hunger is a student organization focused towards combating food insecurity and destigmatizing hunger. Through a strong partnership with University Dining Services and Aramark, we collect donated guest meal swipes from students with a meal plan, and distribute them to students facing food insecurity through Boynton Health Services.
Since our inaugural UMN chapter is attempting to tackle the tremendous, widespread issue of food insecurity, we rely on collaborators like you to expand our outreach to students in need and increase accessibility of the program.
Why does it matter?
In 2015, 17% of University of Minnesota Twin Cities students reported worrying about whether their food would run out before they had money to buy more. Students experiencing food insecurity are a silent population, largely due to the stigma surrounding hunger. Furthermore, guest meal swipes make up a massive pool of often unused resources that eventually go to waste at the end of the semester.
What do we do?
The first drive took place Nov 6-17, 2017. Students could donate up to 10 guest swipes at the dining hall registers or an online form. Through the initiative 2570 swipes worth $23,130 were donated by 541 students! With those proceeds, Boynton Health Services is able to provide meal cards loaded with 5 passes each to food insecure students on a case-by-case basis.
The UMN team is currently planning a "Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week" in April, 2018. The week will consist of advocacy campaigns, round table discussions, awareness documentary screenings, and a Hunger Banquet.
We need all the help we can get!
The team aims to grow its presence on campus and encourage students to donate guest swipes during the next drive to support their peers. Check out these Minnesota Daily, City Pages, and Pioneer Press articles for more info!